On July 8, 10 crew members from the deck, hotel and technical departments attended a fire-fighting refresher course in Juneau, Alaska. On arrival the course leader took crew members around the fire-fighting center for a pre-exercise familiarization tour. This included looking around the center and a refresher on how to open sealed doors adjacent to a compartment on fire. The main target of the training was to provide all crew members with a refresher on fire-fighting techniques, hose handling, and casualty rescue; and for officers also a chance to practice on scene command techniques.
The center is designed to simulate engine room fires and can have several fires burning at the same time. Fire teams learned how to conserve water, nozzle techniques and the importance of communication. All exercises were carried out in full protective equipment with air. The training was a reminder to all crew members involved just how hard and stressful fighting real fires can be. Everyone involved commented on how good it was to get a refresher on fighting real fires, and how they now felt more prepared to fight fires on board if one was to occur.
Christina is Statendam’s human resources manager.